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Arnaudville, Louisiana
Town
Town of Arnaudville
Location of Arnaudville in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Arnaudville in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 30°24′06″N 91°55′57″W / 30.40167°N 91.93250°W / 30.40167; -91.93250Coordinates: 30°24′06″N 91°55′57″W / 30.40167°N 91.93250°W / 30.40167; -91.93250
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parishes St. Landry, St. Martin
Incorporated 1870
Area
 • Total 0.71 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Land 0.69 sq mi (1.80 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
26 ft (8 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,057
 • Estimate 
(2020)
1,041
 • Density 1,507.20/sq mi (582.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-03110

Arnaudville is a town in St. Landry and St. Martin parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The St. Martin Parish portion of Arnaudville is part of the Lafayette metropolitan statistical area, while the St. Landry Parish portion is part of the OpelousasEunice micropolitan statistical area. At the 2020 population estimates program, it had a population of 1,041.

History

On the original site of an Attakapas Indian village, Arnaudville is one of the oldest remaining towns in St. Landry Parish. First called La Murière, it was later known as La Jonction which meant "The Junction" translated from French. By the 19th century, the town was named after the Brothers Arnaud, who had donated a large amount of land to the town to make a Church for whites and blacks (which still exists today). The Arnauds were the family in which the town got its final name from, many of whose descendants still live in the area. But the French had settled the town in the late 18th century.

Arnaudville was incorporated in 1870.

Arts and culture

Today, the town is host to the Étouffée Festival, held the 4th weekend in April, Le Feu et l'Eau—Fire and Water Rural Arts Celebration which is held in December and Bayou Blues Revival' which is held in April. Since 2005, attracted by its quaint setting and unique culture, the town has become a haven for artists and musicians from around the world.

Geography

Arnaudville is on the Bayou Teche where the Teche crosses from St. Landry Parish into St. Martin Parish. The town is called “La Jonction” by its French-speaking citizens since Arnaudville is located at the junction of Bayou Teche and Bayou Fuselier.

Arnaudville is located at 30°24′6″N 91°55′57″W / 30.40167°N 91.93250°W / 30.40167; -91.93250 (30.401775, -91.932383).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²).None of the area is covered with water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 140
1900 327
1910 279 −14.7%
1920 408 46.2%
1930 483 18.4%
1940 640 32.5%
1950 872 36.3%
1960 1,184 35.8%
1970 1,673 41.3%
1980 1,679 0.4%
1990 1,444 −14.0%
2000 1,398 −3.2%
2010 1,057 −24.4%
2020 (est.) 1,041 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2020 population estimates program determined 1,041 people lived in the township, down from 1,057 at the 2010 United States census, and 1,398 at the 2000 U.S. census.

At the 2019 American Community Survey, the racial and ethnic makeup of the town was 71.3% non-Hispanic white, 18.0% Black and African American, 2.8% some other race, and 7.9% multiracial. In 2010, its racial makeup was 90.2% White American, 7.9% African American, 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9% multiracial, and 0.9% Hispanic or Latin American of any race. The 2000 census determined 88.63% were White American, 10.73% African American, 0.07% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.07% Asian, 0.50% multiracial, and 1.57% Hispanic or Latin American of any race.

In 2019, the median age was 30.3 and 7.4% of the population were under 5 years of age. Approximately 72.2% were aged 18 and older, and 11.9% aged 65 and older. Of the population over the age of 5 in 2013, 65.1% spoke English and 34.9% spoke French (including Cajun). At the 2019 census estimates, French was the second most-spoken household language.

The median income for a household in the town was $37,727, up from $21,600 at the 2000 United States census. Males had a median income of $45,417 versus $24,722 for females. About 24.4% of the population lived at or below the poverty line, down from 25.6% at the 2000 census.

Sister Cities

Notable people

  • Camille Bob, rhythm and blues singer and musician who led the dance band Lil' Bob and the Lollipops.
  • Don Cravins, Jr., African American Democrat who served, consecutively, in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature
  • Felix Octave Pavy, member of the Arnaudville Gravity Drainage District Board and former state representative for St. Landry Parish
  • J. Minos Simon, attorney, pro-life activist, sportsman
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